As some Puerto Ricans fill flights to Miami, we asked a handful of people in San Juan their thoughts about leaving their homes for the mainland US. About 3.4 million people live in Puerto Rico, and some will choose to leave the island behind and move permanently.
The House passed a $36.5 billion aid package last week and on Sunday, Puerto Rico Gov. Ricard Rosselló said he expected power to be restored to 95 percent of the island’s electric grid by Dec. 15. Currently, 85 percent of the island is still without electricity.
Most of the people we spoke to responded that they would not leave their families behind but planned to stay and rebuild.
Produced by Alex Newman; edited by Anna Pratt. Reporting and images by Jasmine Garsd and Andrea Crossan in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Lead image by Carlos Barria/Reuters.